IMMEDIATE RELEASE





Press Release

July 27, 2005

No. 05-013


Contact:
Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext. 146
(301) 996-0901

 

Raquel Welch to Receive Arts Award
at VVA National Convention
 


(Washington, D.C.) – Movie actress Raquel Welch will receive the President’s Award for Excellence in the Arts at Vietnam Veterans of America’s 12th biennial National Convention at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno, Nevada, on Saturday, August 13.  Welch made a trip to Vietnam to entertain the troops with the Bob Hope USO show during the 1967-68 Christmas holidays. She will be honored for that selfless act as well as for her long, accomplished career.  

“We are proud to honor the work of Raquel Welch,” said VVA national President Thomas H. Corey. “She put aside her personal safety and came to Vietnam during the height of the war to lift the morale of the troops. And since then, she has been a star of the screen and the Broadway stage and on television, and has spoken out on issues ranging from women’s rights, the fight against cancer, and veterans’ issues.”

Welch landed her first acting roles in television and movies in 1964. She has appeared in dozens of films and television shows, including Fantastic Voyage, One Million Years B.C., Bedazzled, Kansas City Bomber, 100 Rifles, The Three Musketeers, and Legally Blonde. In 1999, Playboy named her No. 3 on the list of the 100 Sexiest Stars of the Century. In 1974, she was honored with a Golden Globe Award as Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for The Three Musketeers.

An estimated 700 delegates from local chapters will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests at the Vietnam Veterans of America National Convention in Reno, which begins on Wednesday, August 10. The delegates will set the organization’s course for the next two years, elect national officers and the Board of Directors, hear from an array of speakers, attend information sessions, and take part in such special events as the Awards Banquet on Saturday night, August 13. 

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